Balingen, Germany, 1955
Bilder von der Straße
This long-time project comprises all photographs found in public space between August 1982 and March 2012. Over a period of nearly thirty years, one thousand photographs were found in 25 countries and 123 towns and cities. Some of these photographs were probably lost but the majority were ripped to pieces and intentionally discarded. Each of them indicates that something went wrong in a human life, however, we'll never know for sure what went wrong and why these photos were discarded. All I know about these pictures is the location and date of the finding; the rest is imagination. As a group, these throwaways build a museum of photographic garbage that asks questions about the role of photography in modern everyday life and redefines the established genre of street photography. In addition, they also tell the story of my own travels of three decades.
These photographs are based on the archive of a commercial photographer who donated the negatives he didn't need any more to the Institute for the Reprocessing of Used Photographs. The photographer cut his negatives to prevent their future use. This attempt to preclude new prints triggered the creation of photographs that would not exist without the attempted destruction. Consistent point of view, consistent light, and consistent poses allowed the combination of two negatives into one single image. The resulting photographs are portraits of non-existing persons. They are based on the genetic pool of the population of a small town in Bavaria. Like in genetic engineering, existing information was dismantled and spliced to create formerly unknown mutations, playing with genetic inheritance, age, gender, and personality.
Joachim Schmid, Bilder von der Straße , 1982-2012, found photographs mounted on card, cm.29,5x21,5 each, detail
Joachim Schmid, Bilder von der Strasse, Nr. 200, Rio de Janeiro, October 1993, found photograph mounted on card, cm.29,5x21,5, detail
Joachim Schmid, Bilder von der Strasse, Nr. 950, Montevideo, March 2010, found photograph mounted on card, cm.29,5x21,5, detail
Joachim Schmid, Security Check, 1985–1987, 8 b-w photographs, cm.13x18 each
Joachim Schmid, Photogenetic Draft #4, 1991—2001, bw photograph, 48x3
Joachim Schmid, Photogenetic Draft #7, 1991—2001, bw photograph, 48x3
Joachim Schmid, Souvenirs , 2010, 32 b/w photos, cm.13x18 each
Joachim Schmid, Estrelas amadas, 2013, inkjet print and pigment on Hahnemühle paper, cm.70x100
Joachim Schmid, Viaggio in Italia, 2015, 8 pigment ink prints, cm.40x30 each
Joachim Schmid, The Artist's Model, 2016, 8 pigment ink prints, cm.40x26.5 each, ed.3+AP